Category: Legislative Updates


Legislature Set to Begin Policy Committee Hearings Next Week

The California Legislature is set to begin policy committee hearings in earnest on legislative bills introduced to date beginning next week. Recall, the Legislature has primarily focused its attention on early budget action items, including COVID-19 pandemic response relief and the safe school reopening framework. The Legislature will now shift its focus to legislative bills…

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Legislature Reaches Bill Introduction Deadline, CHEAC Issues First Bill Chart of 2021

Legislative activities in Sacramento continue to ramp up following last Friday’s deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislative bills in their respective houses. The Assembly introduced nearly 1,600 bills and the Senate introduced over 800 bills that will be considered by the Legislature over the coming months. In other related news, Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday…

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Legislative and Budget Hearings Cover Telehealth, COVID-19 Impacts, and Homelessness

This week, the California State Assembly and Senate held a number of hearings spanning a wide array of subject areas, including COVID-19, homelessness, telehealth, and proposed budget investments. Below, we provide a high-level overview of hearings held this week: Assembly Examines Telehealth Policy in California Post-Pandemic The Assembly Health Committee on Tuesday convened an informational…

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Legislature Examines State Rollout of COVID-19 Vaccines, Considers Public Health Infrastructure Funding

This week, the California State Senate and Assembly convened several hearings to examine the state’s rollout and administration of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as consider investments for the state’s public health infrastructure. Below, we detail each of the hearings. Assembly Sub. 1 Assesses Vaccine Administration, Hears CHEAC Budget Requests On Monday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee…

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CHEAC Hosts Successful Three-Day State Legislative Member Education Event

Throughout this week, numerous CHEAC Members met virtually with Senators, Assembly Members, and staff to highlight the role and value of local health departments in California. As part of the 2021 State Legislative Member Education Event, CHEAC had 26 members representing 17 local health departments, including a balance of large, medium, and small jurisdictions, conduct…

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Assembly Committee Examines COVID-19 Inequities Among California Latinas

On Thursday, the California Assembly Select Committee on Latina Inequities convened an informational hearing entitled, “Unseen Latinas: Economic and Health Impacts on Latinas During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Thursday’s hearing was the select committee’s inaugural hearing and featured two panels of expert witnesses to discuss the economic and health implications of the ongoing COVID-19 public health…

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Senate Examines Governor’s Safe Schools for All Plan

The Senate Education Committee and the Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Subcommittee No. 1 on Education convened a joint informational hearing on Thursday to examine the Newsom Administration’s Safe Schools for All Plan to safely reopen schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Senate hearing featured a panel of state representatives from the Department of…

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Assembly Convenes Joint Informational Hearing on State’s Role in Homelessness

On Thursday, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration and the Assembly Housing and Community Development convened a joint hearing to explore the state’s role in homelessness in California. The hearing featured an overview of state homelessness activities from representatives from the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) and the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing…

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